Introduction the purpose of this book
1 Is it the right bike for you? marriage guidance
2 Cost considerations affordable, or a money pit?
3 Living with a Harley Big Twin will you get along together?
4 Relative values which model for you?
5 Before you view be well informed
6 Inspection equipment these items will really help
7 Ten minute evaluation walk away or stay?
8 Key points where to look for problems
9 Serious evaluation 30 minutes for years of enjoyment
10 Auctions sold! Another way to buy your dream
11 Paperwork correct documentation is essential!
12 Whats it worth? let your head rule your heart
13 Do you really want to restore? itll take longer and cost more than you think
14 Paint problems bad complexion, including dimples, pimples and bubbles
15 Problems due to lack of use just like their owners, Harleys need exercise!
16 The Community key people, organisations and companies in the Harley world
17 Vital statistics essential data at your fingertips
Like having a real marque expert at your side benefit from years of real ownership experience
Full coverage of all Harley Big Twin models
Where and how to buy a Harley Big Twin
Advice on choosing the right model and condition
Key checks how to spot a bad bike quickly
Comprehensive inspection guide
In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses
Discussion of desirable upgrades as well as modifications to avoid
Market and value data
Details of club back-up and support organisations
Having this book in your pocket is just like having a real marque expert by your side. Benefit from the authors years of Harley-Davidson ownership, learn how to spot a bad bike quickly, and how to assess a promising one like a professional. Get the right bike at the right price!
There are lots of books about Harleys, about their history, performance, lineage and the minutae of their specification, but none of them will tell you what to look for when buying one second-hand. Thats what this book is about it aims at being a straightforward, practical guide to buying a used Harley-Davidson. It wont list all the correct colour combinations for each year, or analyse the bikes design philosophy, or consider its background as a cultural icon there are excellent books listed at the end of this one which do all of that. But hopefully it will help you avoid buying a dud. Point by point, it takes the reader through everything that needs looking at when buying a Harley, plus spares prices, which is the best model to buy for your needs, and a look at auctions, restorations and paperwork.
Models covered: FL, FX/Softail and Dyna series. 1340cc, 1450cc, 1584cc